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Eternal Light:  Morten Lauridsen

We of the Pacific Northwest consider Morten Lauridsen “one of our own”, as his roots can be traced here. Lauridsen was born in Colfax, Washington, lived not far from Mount St. Helens as a boy, and was in the first graduating class of Beaverton High School. While Lauridsen has spent much of his time teaching at USC, he maintains a connection to the Pacific Northwest by composing on an island in Puget Sound, and visiting his home town from time to time to collaborate with local choral groups. Two recordings were released very close to one another: “Shadows on the Stars” with Oregon Repertory Singers and Ethan Sperry; and “Eternal Light”, with the Chamber Choir of Europe, directed by Nicol Matt. Mr. Lauridsen has high praise for both in his conversation with program director John Pitman, who interjects the chat with Lauridsen’s transformative music.

Light Eternal: The Choral Music of Morten Lauridsen
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